The Crawford County Farm Service Agency committee is seeking interested farmers to serve as candidates for the local county committee election to be held this fall.

The Crawford County Farm Service Agency committee is seeking interested farmers to serve as candidates for the local county committee election to be held this fall.


Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the FSA county offices by close of business on Aug. 1.


“Farmers and ranchers can nominate themselves or any other producer in local administration area 3 to run for a seat on the committee,” stated Judy Jacquinot, County Executive Director for the Crawford County FSA.   LAA 3 is located in the East 1/3 of the county consisting of the townships of: Lincoln, Washington and Baker.


FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues.


To hold office as a county committee member, a person must meet the basic eligibility requirements. For example, the person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by the agency, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.


The locally elected committees are responsible for making national farm programs fit the needs and situations faced by local farmers and ranchers and bring local expertise and knowledge to USDA's daily delivery of programs and services.


“Eligible voters may circulate or sign nomination petitions for as many candidates as they choose, including themselves,” said Jacquinot. “Also, organizations representing minorities and women farmers or ranchers are encouraged to nominate candidates. The deadline for submitting nominations to local county offices is Aug. 1.”


Nomination form FSA-669 is available at the FSA county office and online at www.fsa.usda.gov/.  Then Select County Committee Elections.


For details, contact the staff of the Crawford County FSA office at 620 724 6227 or visit the office at 207 S. Summit.